Develop Africa, Inc.

The mission of Develop Africa is to facilitate and establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building, empowerment and transformational education. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. Our focus is on impacting and changing lives.
Jun 9, 2016

Our Nets Help a Community With High Malaria Incidence

Dear Project partners

Earlier this year, 200 bed nets were distributed to family heads and other inhabitants of Tombo - thanks to your generous donations.

The Councillor of Ward 340 in Tombo,  Amos Kalloh. said, "I am so appreciative of this good gesture for it will help protect my community people from malaria."

Tombo is the largest fishing community in Sierra Leone, with a population over 14,000 people. The main source of income is fishing.  People all over Sierra Leone come to Tombo to buy fish whole sale, retail and for domestic consumption.  Tombo has a lot of swamps making the community susceptible to a large mosquito population and high malaria incidence.

Osman Kamara one of the elders said, "The provision of bed nets will cause us to enjoy our sleep."

Thank you for your ongoing support that is helping us provide families with the much needed protection (bed nets) to prevent Malaria.

With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa Team

They are so thankful for your support
They are so thankful for your support
Jun 1, 2016

Looking Back and Looking Ahead - The Need For Flexibility

Hawanatu - Microfinance Beneficiary
Hawanatu - Microfinance Beneficiary

Dear project partners

On a regular basis, we take time to look back and look forward - to see how previous microfinance beneficiaries are doing and what we can learn from them / share with others.  

In May, we spent some time visiting with Hawa.  Hawa received microfinance funds last year.  With those funds, she sold rubber / plastic products like buckets, bowls, items for babies etc. The business has thankfully grown to a point where she is now traveling to a neighboring country, Guinea, to buy stock.  

Impact: Her business is helping her provide for her family.  They have rented an apartment where they now reside.

Change: She is currently pregnant and as a result she has limited her travel.  She now sells assorted cooking items from home.  Her business is doing well as people within the neighborhood are purchasing regularly from her.  She looks forward to re-engaging in business full-time after delivery.  

Lesson Learned - The Need for Flexibility:
One important lesson here that we will share with other beneficiaries is the need to be flexible in terms of the business that we engage in.  We must be willing to adapt and pursue a different business for a brief season - as necessary

Thank YOU:  She expresses her thanks and appreciation to YOU, our GlobalGiving donors for the impact you have made in her life - helping her to be self-sufficient.

We are so happy that we made a lasting difference in her life!


The Develop Africa team

May 13, 2016

Trainees Have Acquired Skills and Hope - This is What Change is About

Trainees at work
Trainees at work

Dear friends and project partners

The past 2-3 months have been months of intense practical sessions for the trainees -  especially so with the additional sewing machines that the trainees received - thanks to you and other GlobalGiving donors.  This brought new life and hope to the institute.

A total of 20 trainees (1 male, 4 married) are looking forward to completing their training shortly.  They look forward to helping support their homes through sewing for others / starting a tailoring business. 10 of them are single parents. Some of them are dependent relatives to deceased Ebola victims.

Passion: Following the arrival of new machines, the trainees are now spending more time in the institute.  At times they stay very late - as late as 10:00 pm.  Thanks to your support, that are excitedly making the best use of this opportunity.

Most of them now have received the required skills to start their own tailoring business. Today they have hope to keep their dreams alive.

Impact: The Institute has helped them learn how to sew – enabling them to sew outfits / clothes for themselves, their children and their relatives.  They have also obtained a belief in themselves that they can change their lives - if they work hard enough.  

Thanks so much for helping to provide the new machines - helping them develop new skills and consequently receive new life and hope.  This is what change is all about!

With appreciation, hope and excitement

The Develop Africa Team 

Busy day at tailoring school
Busy day at tailoring school
tailoring trainee eagerly learning
tailoring trainee eagerly learning
Trainee sewing with child in hand
Trainee sewing with child in hand

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